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2020 will definitely go down in history as an unforgettable year… much like 1933 (ahem).

However, through all the highs and lows, and more lows, we’ve carried on with our important work, making water sustainable for all and we’ve launched a brand new global community in the midst of it.

So, as we near the year’s end, we thought it was timely to take a look back at all we’ve discovered, accomplished and talked about in 2020.

Our mission

To inspire water industry leaders to explore novel ideas, openly discuss challenges, and experiment with…


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Innovation inspiration can come from a wide variety of sources outside your industry, at least that was the case for the digital metering team at Yarra Valley Water (YVW).

In today’s show, I talk with Raghu Bharadwaj, Program Director for the Digital metering program at YVW. Raghu shares with us how his team leveraged cross sector expertise and innovation to develop connected digital meters that are more efficient to make and run than they were in the past.

And he gives some insight into why Yarra Valley Water has been making waves…


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We have some exciting news!

In 2021, AquaLAB is planning to bring together the best and brightest water innovation leaders, cross-sector mentors and human-centered design thinking specialists to address water’s biggest challenges in a new collaborative innovation accelerator.

  • Learn more about the innovation accelerator
  • When you pre-register your interest, you’ll be invited to an information session on Dec 2

Why a multi-utility innovation accelerator

In our conversations with you over the past months, we’ve heard your commitment to creating a world where water is sustainable. …


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Welcome to a slightly different episode of Future Water this week. Our community AquaLAB Connect has been up and running now for about 6 months and we’ve welcomed senior water professionals from around the globe into our platform. This has led to a lot of interesting and candid conversations about the future of water innovation, the big challenges utilities everywhere are facing and the big ideas our community is speculating about.

I’ve invited AquaLAB’s Director Saskya Hunter onto the show today to talk about some of the brilliant discussion points that have emerged…


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How can water utilities help move the dial in developing new water technologies and solutions? We’ve all heard of accelerator programmes, but how can they be applied to water utilities? In this episode, we take a deep dive to answer these questions.

In this episode, we chat with Selwyn Rose, Innovation Strategy Manager for United Utilities.

This is the fourth and final episode in a series on Stretching Your Innovation Dollar, where we explore how water utilities can partner with, co-create with and empower innovators both from within their organisations and externally.

Selwyn…


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Image Source: Getty Images. How are utilities preparing for the Workforce of the Future? What will be the impact of retirees walking out the door?

In October and November we are exploring the topic: Workforce of the Future.

There are so many themes we could cover so we are diving into the areas that are the hardest to unravel for the water industry. Look out for our events, content and guest speakers over the next few weeks as we look outside the box for novel ideas that address workforce challenges.

A few topics of interest are:

Specialist engineering skills shortages

All over the world, aging assets like dams and bridges are being upgraded and new assets are being built to cater for rapid urbanisation. These upgrades and new projects…


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Believe it or not, the water crisis is here and impacts developed and developing nations alike. According to the United Nations, by 2025, nearly two billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.

In this episode, we look at how two very different cities are tackling the water security problem and we explore what it’s going to take to secure this fundamental resource for future generations.

We’ll explore the trends, what countries are currently doing to address water security in the face of climate change and what’s getting…


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Believe it or not, the water crisis is here and impacts developed and developing nations alike. According to the United Nations, by 2025, nearly two billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.

In this episode, we look at how two very different cities are tackling the water security problem and we explore what it’s going to take to secure this fundamental resource for future generations.

We’ll explore the trends, what countries are currently doing to address water security in the face of climate change and what’s getting…


What’s important to our community of senior water professionals is what drives everything we do in AquaLAB. We asked our community and the water industry what your top challenges are and you have responded!

Take a look at the top 5 challenges from water utilities:

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[Survey — Top 5 Challenges in the Water Industry]

Data

We had an inkling that data was important for the water industry, but it stands out above the rest as being the biggest challenge.

As water utilities are installing more smart meters, remote sensors and connected assets, their data load is growing exponentially with every passing…


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Stretching your innovation dollar: Creating and navigating partnerships to accelerate innovation.

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While each innovation approach has some overlap and similarities, it’s the nuances that make them distinct. Partnerships can have a wide range of impacts for corporations and water utilities alike; they can enhance technological capability, supply chain flow and a range of other things.

In this episode, we talk partnerships with Nick Shewring, Strategy and Client Lead for GHD Digital.

This is the third episode in a series on Stretching Your Innovation Dollar, where we explore how water utilities can partner with, co-create with and empower innovators both from within their organisations and externally.

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